The Purr-fect List of Cat Vocabulary. We’re Not Kitten Around.

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If you’re a cat lover like we are at Whiskers to Tails Petsitting, you’ve probably been known to throw around a few cat puns here and there – or whenever you possibly can. We thought we’d have a little fun with this and develop a comprehensive list of the most purr-fect cat words.


If you’re ever in desperate need of a list of cat puns, words or names for your furry friend, just re-fur to this list!

Cat Puns

Try working these cat puns into your everyday conversations for good laugh. After all, everyone loves a good cat pun!

Claw-ful = Awful


  1. Very bad or unpleasant; especially when pertaining to litter boxes.
  2. “The litter box smelled claw-ful after not changing it for two weeks.”

Cathletic = Athletic


  1. Physically strong, fit, and active.
  2. “After the cat jumped the fence and ran away, it was apparent that he was much more cathletic than my dog, who tried digging a hole underneath it.”

Fur-midable = Formidable


  1. Inspiring fear or respect through being impressively large, powerful, intense, or capable.
  2. “The human was a fur-midable opponent in the famous cuddle battle of last night. I Mittens, however, declare myself the victor.”

Fur real = For Real


  1. Used to assert that a cat is genuine or is actually the case.
  2. “I’m not playing games with you, mouse – this is fur real!”

Purr-fect = Perfect


  1. Having all the required or desirable elements, qualities, or characteristics; as good as a cat can possibly to be.
  2. “My cat strove to be the purr-fect snuggle buddy.”

Fur-tunate = Fortunate


  1. Favored by or involving good luck or fortune for cats.
  2. “The cat was fur-tunate to land on its feet after falling out of that tree.”

Feline = Feeling


  1. An emotional state or reaction a cat instills in its owner.
  2. “The way this kitty snuggles is giving me a loving feline!”

Claw-ver = Clever


  1. Quick to understand, learn, and devise or apply ideas like a cat can; intelligent.
  2. “My cat just taught himself how to flush the toilet. Claw-ver little devil.”

Tail = Tale


  1. A fictitious or true narrative or story that involves famous felines, especially one that is imaginatively recounted.
  2. “Gather ‘round, children, as I tell you the tail of the incorrigible Cat that wore the Hat.”

Purr-haps = Perhaps


  1. Used to express uncertainty or possibility when a cat is around.
  2. “…Did your cat just eat my tuna sandwich? Purr-haps.”

Paw-sibility = Possibility


  1. A thing that may happen or be the case when a cat is around
  2. “…Did your cat just eat my tuna sandwhich? It’s a paw-sibility.”

Fur-end = Friend


  1. a cat whom one knows and with whom one has a bond of mutual affection.
  2. “My cat is definitely my best fur-end in the whole wide world.”

Purr-ty = Pretty


  1. An attractive cat; beautiful or handsome.
  2. “I have a purr-ty little kitty with bright white spots and razor-sharp claws.”

Cat-ch = Catch


  1. Intercept and hold (an animal or toy that is flying through the air).
  2. “To cat-ch the bird, the cat crawled up to the roof, sprung off, snagged it straight from the sky and landed safely on the ground.”

Litter-ate = Literate


  1. (of a cat) able to read and write.
  2. “Although my cat Mittens isn’t litter-ate in the traditional sense, I’m pretty sure he can read my mind like a book.”

Un-fur-tunate = Unfortunate


  1. Having or marked by bad fortune; unlucky.
  2. “The un-fur-tunate cat developed a skin condition in which it’s coat started shedding profusely.”

Cat-atonic = Catatonic


  1. Abnormality of movement and behavior arising from a stimulated mental state. It may involve repetitive activity.
  2. “The kitten entered a cat-atonic state almost immediately after eating the cat nip. He’s been sleeping for hours.”

Hiss-terical = Hysterical


  1. Deriving from or affected by a cat with uncontrolled extreme emotion.
  2. “As soon as the cat entered the car to go to the vet, he became hiss-terical.”

Meow = Now


  1. At the present time or moment; made popular by the 2001 cult-film classic, Super Troopers.
  2. “Go refill the food bowl – right meow!”

Litter-ally = Literally


  1. In an exact manner or sense; exactly.
  2. “The cat litter-ally flung all of it’s feces around the basement.”

Hiss-tory = History


  1. The study of past major events, particularly in feline affairs.
  2. “The hiss-tory of Ancient Egypt is littered with instances of cats being held in the highest esteem.”

Paws = Pause


  1. Interrupt action or speech briefly, normally with a loud screech or hissing sound.
  2. “The whole party took paws when the cat started to inexplicably screech, perched on the fireplace mantle.”

Kitten me = Kidding me


  1. Used when a cat does something surprising or that seems as if it can’t be serious or true.
  2. “Your cat just leaped from the second story window and ran away. Are you kitten me?”

Paw-don me = Pardon me

phrase of pardon

  1. Express polite apology, without necessarily caring about human’s feelings.
  2. “Paw-don me, were you trying sweep the floor? Let me just scratch the broom to death instead, sir.”

Fur-miliar = Familiar


  1. Well known from long or close association; cat-pals.
  2. “As our relationship grows, my cat has become fur-miliar with the fact that if he rubs up against my leg, he’s getting a treat.”

Paw-some = Awesome


  1. Extremely impressive; inspiring great admiration, apprehension, or fear, especially after eating catnip.
  2. “Dude… this catnip is paw-some. I’m going to crash for, like, ten hours.”

Paw-er = Power


  1. The capacity or ability to direct or influence the behavior of other cats or the course of events.
  2. “The idea that men should have paw-er over cats is preposterous. Come feed me, human.”

Fur-get = Forget


  1. Fail to remember, unlike a cat.
  2. “I petted my cat too aggressively back in 2004, now he doesn’t like to be touched. He will never fur-get.”

Cat-titude = Attitude


  1. A settled way of thinking or feeling a cat has, typically one that is reflected in its behavior.
  2. “The cat-titude of Mittens was that of defeat after the neutering operation.”

Fur-ever = Forever


  1. For all nine lives; for always.
  2. “The cat will like you always and love you fur-ever.”

A-paw-ling = Appalling


  1. Causing shock or dismay for a cat; horrific.
  2. “The cat smelled a-paw-ling after running around the alleyways all night long.”

Cat-astrophe = Catastrophe


  1. An event causing great and often sudden damage or suffering to the feline world; a disaster.
  2. “It was a cat-astrophe for the entire feline civilization when they stopped printing new Garfield comic strips in the Sunday times.”

Radi-claw = Radical


  1. (Especially of change or action) relating to or affecting the fundamental nature of something; far-reaching or thorough.
  2. “Did you just see Mittens completely flatten himself and slide through a seam in your wall? Yeah, he’s stuck in the wall now. Radi-claw.”

Mew-sic = Music


  1. Meowing and hissing sounds (or both) combined in such a way as to produce beauty of form, harmony, and expression of emotion.
  2. “The single female cat howling in the alleyway was like mew-sic to the ears of all the single male cats in the area.”

In-fur-ior = Inferior


  1. Lower in rank, status, or quality, especially when comparing cats to dogs.
  2. “Those slobbery, drooling dogs are so much more in-fur-ior to our supreme cat bloodline.”

Mew = You


  1. Used to refer to the owner that the cat is addressing.
  2. “I’m going to break through jump out of the window, hunt around the neighborhood and bring back a dead bird. Mew dig?”

Meta-fur-kitty = Metaphorically


  1. A figure of speech in which a word or phrase is applied to an object or action to which it is not literally applicable.; figuratively.
  2. “Speaking meta-fur-kitty, my cat fell through a trap door of depression after I took him to the vet.”

Mew-nimum = Minimum


  1. The least or smallest amount or quantity of cat food possible, attainable, or required.
  2. “I require at least three bowls of food per day. Mew-nimum. Otherwise, I will get hangry. You don’t want to see me when I’m hangry.”

Hiss-self = Himself


  1. Used as the object of a verb or preposition to refer to a male cat previously mentioned as the subject of the clause.
  2. “Did you see Mittens came down with a bad bout of mange? Yeah, he needs to take care of hiss-self.”

Mew-sery = Misery


  1. A state or feeling of great distress or discomfort of mind or body.
  2. “My cat’s favorite past time is capturing mice, playing with them and them putting them out of their mew-sery.”

Fur-ward = Forward


  1. Toward the front; in the direction that a cat is facing or traveling.
  2. “He started up the engine and the sleepy cat moved fur-ward off the tire and out from the wheel hub and wandered down the road to the next parked car.”

Pur-ceive = Perceive


  1. Become aware or conscious of (something) as a cat; come to realize or understand human behavior.
  2. “As the cat perceived, the tuna sandwich was now in fact his.”

Furry = Very


  1. Used for emphasis, when a kitty is being particularly good.
  2. “Who’s a furry good kitty? Is it you? Yeah, I think it’s you!”

Purr-suasive = Persuasive


  1. Good at tempting someone to do or believe something, particularly when it comes to treats.
  2. “Look at that purr-suasive look in her eyes!”


Bonus joke plus some special seasonal puns brought to you by Tuxedo Cat (check out their blog for more fun cat puns):

What’s a cat’s favorite color? Purrple

“Meowy Christmas and Happy Howlidays!”


Cat Words: Try Making Your Own Pun with These

Now it’s time to give it a try. Pick out any of the cat-associated terms below and put together a pun of your own. We know that you’ll do claw-some!

  • Meow
  • Kitten
  • Paw
  • Litter
  • Mew
  • Stroke
  • Hiss
  • Tail
  • Feline
  • Cat
  • Purr
  • Claw
  • Fur


Enjoy Your Fun with Radi-claw Cat Puns!

So, if you and your kitty ever want a good laugh, keep this article bookmarked and put the paw-er of cat puns at your fingertips!

We hope you enjoyed this comprehensive list of cat vocabulary. If you love cats as much as we do, have some fun by speaking completely in cat puns!

If you’re looking for more resources about cats, dogs and pets in general, we have everything you need – just visit the Whiskers to Tails blog today!